The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Subinay Nandy, had talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.During the meeting Nandi said the UN Secretary General has assured to support the President and the Government of Sri Lanka with the United Nations technical assistance and contributions to advance reconciliation and inclusive development through dialogue for a sustainable solution to the longstanding ethnic grievances. The meeting comes as the UN gets set to release a highly controversial report based on investigations conducted on the war in Sri Lanka.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will hold a press conference in Geneva tomorrow to discuss the findings of the report, including recommendations for the way forward. The President meanwhile said that he will be attending the General debate of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 30th September 2015. The President reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to all international obligations which it has engaged with and will continue to do so in the future. The OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka was mandated by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 25/1 in March 2014.The resolution requested the High Commissioner to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders.” (Colombo Gazette)
(Updated)The truck driver who drove into the Burlington Skyway forcing its closure for days did not appear in court this morning. Instead, his lawyer represented him.Sukhvinder Singh Rai, 34, from Brampton was driving a dump truck with the bucket raised, when it slammed into the bridge back on July 31st. The crash closed the Skyway for the Civic Holiday weekend.Today was supposed to be Rai’s first court appearance. He’s charged with impaired driving, to which Rai’s lawyer says he’ll likely plead not guilty.Rai is not in custody, but has had his licence suspended for 90 days.The highway was closed for four days. All Toronto bound traffic on the QEW was either stuck behind the lift bridge on Eastport Drive or forced to detour through Hamilton.The crash destroyed a steel beam that spans the bridge. A temporary beam is in place now.A new beam has to be designed specifically to fit the bridge. It’s being designed now and later companies will bid on the project. It is not known how much it will cost.If there’s any finding of negligence in court, the Ministry of Transportation will be seeking damages from the driver and the owner of the truck.There will be more traffic delays in a couple months, when the beam is replaced.Truck driver Steve Panchuk drove from Brampton to witness Rai’s court appearance.“I am angry. It gives everybody a bad name. The first thing the Ministry does is start stopping every truck on the road checking licences etc… because some bozo’s out there driving around, hammered out of his mind, allegedly I guess.”His lawyer says Rai expects to start working again soon, doing something other than driving.His next court date is October 3rd.
Prince Harry:”I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s #WellChildAwards winners again, well done and thank you for inspiring all of us” pic.twitter.com/OtREorTEF1— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 3, 2016 Thank you Joshua, aged three, for Prince Harry’s @WellChild bracelet! #WellChildAwards pic.twitter.com/CyRBC5PGzZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 3, 2016 She presented Harry with a drawing of himself and told him her brother was “really embarrassing”.She said: “He then said that Prince William was embarrassing all the time.”As well as hugs and drawings, Harry was presented with a monkey made from two socks by eight-year-old lung disease sufferer Samuel Merrick. The Prince, who is patron of the WellChild charity, was at the event to recognise the courage of children living with serious illness and the medical professionals who care for them.Ollie’s mother Lucy said she was not sure whether he knew who he was hugging, but he was instinctively drawn to Harry, leaving his arms tightly wrapped around his neck for several seconds.She said: “He was thrilled – they both were. He (Harry) is very privileged because Ollie cannot stand up by himself and he used his strength to stand up and hug him.” Before the glittering ceremony, with a guest list including Sir Rod Stewart, the Prince mingled with the winners.He revealed to one girl that his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, was “embarrassing all the time”.Jessica Davis, 10, was receiving the Young Hero award for caring for her mother Paula, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and her autistic brother, also called William. Prince Harry arrives at the Dorchester in London for the @WellChild awards. Meeting the winners now @LBC pic.twitter.com/nHw75M6HvN— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) October 3, 2016 A young boy whose debilitating medical condition means he is barely able to walk has used his strength to stand up and give Prince Harry a hug.Ollie Carroll, five, suffers from the rare Batten disease, which affects his mobility and will soon lead to the point where his muscles stop working.But when the youngster, from Poynton, Cheshire, met Harry at the WellChild awards – where he was receiving the Inspirational Child award for ages four to six – he stood up to embrace Harry. Prince Harry was at the awards He also had an unusual inquiry from three-year-old Oscar – whose mother Jill Evans was one of the winners of the Special Recognition Award – who asked Harry whether he had “any giraffes in his garden”.Eleven young winners were chosen at the awards from hundreds of nominations, as well as a host of adult recipients. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
In her party conference speech last October, Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told activists that one of the dividends of dropping the EU’s rules would be “how we label our food”. Mrs May said: “We are going to be a fully independent, sovereign country, a country that is no longer part of a political union with supranational institutions that can override national parliaments and courts.“And that means we are going, once more, to have the freedom to make our own decisions on a whole host of different matters, from how we label our food to the way in which we choose to control immigration.” Currently, only beer, cider, milk and precious metals can be sold solely in imperial measures. Manufacturers must use metric measurements – grams, kilograms, millilitres or litres – when selling packaged or loose goods.Imperial measurements can be displayed alongside metric measurements, but they cannot “stand out more than the metric measurement”, according to EU rules. Alexia Robinson, from Love British Food, says EU rules hamper the UK from promoting homegrown produceCredit:Clara Molden for The Telegraph The news came as Alexia Robinson, the founder of the Love British Food campaign, which organised the Great British Food Awards with the Telegraph, said that leaving the EU would allow public bodies to market British food to shoppers in the UK.She said that the UK was “doing a great job” promoting British food overseas but was hampered in doing the same to British consumers because of EU rules which do not allow the government to favour British food over produce from other EU member states.Leaving the EU will the Government “to explain properly to the consumer why British farmers standards are higher and of benefit to the consumer,” she said. British food manufacturers could be able to sell goods in pounds and ounces once laws are repatriated from Brussels after Brexit, Andrea Leadsom, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs secretary has said.Mrs Leadsom also suggested that after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, food manufacturers could be allowed to use teaspoons to demonstrate how much sugar is in food products.Speaking after the announcing the winners from councils and schools which promoted British Food Fortnight last Autumn, Mrs Leadsom said that the Government would be able to re-examine labelling rules after Brexit if there was demand to do so.She said: “Once we have left the EU, we will get the opportunity to look at how we can change rules that will be better for the United Kingdom and whether that’s on weights and measures or issues like teaspoons, those are things for the future.” Warwick Cairns, a spokesman for the British Weights and Measures Association, said: “I think the key word in all of this is freedom. “For well over a hundred years, people in Britain were free to buy and sell in whichever measures they pleased. If they wanted to use imperial, they could. If they wanted to use metric, they could. It didn’t hurt anyone or inconvenience anyone. “In January 2000, that freedom was taken away. There were raids on greengrocers’ shops and market stalls. There were prosecutions. Honest traders were turned into criminals.“It was madness – and the fact that ‘metric martyrs’ like the late Steven Thoburn still have criminal records on file is nothing short of wicked. It would be a truly wonderful thing to have our freedom back.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFebruary 21 confirmed for nursing exams resit- MOPHFebruary 14, 2017In “latest news”THE PIPER: President must conserve his credibility capitalAugust 14, 2016In “The Piper”Doctors, nurses stage sit-in over deplorable state of Diamond hospitalSeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” By Ramona LuthiNurses attached to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) contacted INews on Monday to vent their anger and frustration of not being paid by their employer for a period of over four months.According to the affected persons, every attempt made by them to speak to the Permanent Secretary and other members of authority within the MoPH proved futile, since all they were constantly being told was that “you’re not the only one” and “to have patience.”One nurse highlighted that since having been employed [over four month’s] she is yet to receive a salary from the Ministry.INews understands that according to the protocol of the entity, newly recruited nurses are only paid after their probation period of three months, is over.“Last month made three months. That was my probation period. I haven’t been paid yet” one young woman related.“It’s approaching five months!” said another.Additionally, this online publication was informed that further probes made by the nurses in relation to their outstanding salaries resulted in them being informed that their names had been submitted to the Public Service Commission (PSC), and that a signature is being awaited.“They said they have to wait on a signature to release our salaries. That’s all we hearing. How are we expected to report to work on a daily basis when we aren’t even being paid? And if yuh absent one day, they threatening to write yuh up,” a nurse explained.Meanwhile, when INews contacted the Principle Personnel Officer (PPO) within the Ministry of Health, Chetwin Phoenix, he noted that he did not have the authority to relay information to the media. However, while he did not confirm nor deny the claims of nurses not being paid, he urged that the affected persons report the matter to him so that it can be addressed.“I would love to request that the persons come to talk to me at the Ministry of Public Health and let me see exactly where their matters are because we continue to get stuff from the Public Service Commission as recent as this morning…I don’t want to come across as being reluctant to provide information…the framework that I work within, it is difficult for me to engage the media…” he said.Furthermore, he referred this publication to speak to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, Collette Adams for a more detailed response.However, staff at Adams’ office noted that the PS was out of the country, and as such, this media entity was referred to the Deputy PS, who up to press time was not available to speak to this online publication.
Lolita Callender popularly known as makeup artist “Lola Doll” found herself in the headlines yet again, this time being charged for engaging in a serious fight with another woman which reportedly caused her to lose three of her finger nails.Lolita “Lola” CallenderCallender of East Ruimveldt appeared before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman and denied that on April 6, 2018 at Leopold Street, she assaulted Onika Pompey, a model, so as to inflict grievous bodily harm.Pompey, 28, of Barima Avenue, Bel Air Park was however also charged for unlawfully wounding Callender on the same day at the said location.Onika PompeyAccording to the facts of the matter, there was a misunderstanding between the two women, who are known to each other, when a scuffle ensued.Callender reportedly sustained lacerations about her body and was reportedly bitten by Pompey.When questioned on her injuries, Callender revealed that she lost three of her finger nails when Pompey allegedly pulled her out of her vehicle.She reportedly sustained bruises to her hand and feet and received a wound above her eye when she was allegedly struck by Pompey.Both woman were granted bail in the sum of $80,000 and are expected to return to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on April 17, 2018.Callender was previously before the Court on March 15 of this year charged with assaulting Malika Holder.Callendar was also arrested for allegedly harbouring fugitive Troy Anthony Thomas, who was wanted for the murder, in the United States, of a 20-year-old who was gunned downed in front of a party.The same day an arrest warrant was issued for her in connection with a threatening behaviour charge. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnn’s Grove teen stabbed to death in NYCFebruary 16, 2019Similar post”Lola” granted bail on assault chargeMarch 16, 2018In “Court”Eccles man to spend 5 years behind bars for cannabis possessionAugust 21, 2019In “Court”
THE DOGS seized by Gardaí at Dublin Port on Thursday night contained some puppies as young as six weeks old, the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) has said.The 56 dogs were seized from an Irish-registered van bound for the UK. The recovery of the dogs was the second such instance this week, after 48 puppies were recovered from two cars in Coolock on Tuesday afternoon.The DSPCA has taken 92 of the dogs into its care in Rathfarnham, but says the second group of puppies were particularly young, and mostly aged between eight and ten weeks.Some of the puppies in the second litter appeared to be as young as six weeks of age, it said. None of the puppies were microchipped or had any vaccinations.The absence of any identification or vaccination papers, it said, meant tracing their breeders was nigh on impossible.The association says the seizure underlines the importance of the Animal Welfare Bill currently going through the Oireachtas, which aims to clamp down on irresponsible breeding and treatment of all animals.DSPCA chief executive Brian Gillen said the seizure should also make people aware of the problems of buying pets from an unreliable source.“Do not buy from the boot of a car or a van and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeders home – the conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals,” he said.“If you see something you are not happy with, please report it to the DSPCA.”The association is not currently able to make the puppies available to be taken in to new homes, as both seizures remain under investigation, but interested parties are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be contacted when the puppies become available for adoption.The society is also seeking donations for the care of the dogs through its website, www.dspca.ie.Read: 56 puppies rescued in second dog trafficking seizure
Over on DailyEdge.ie: Don Draper’s manhood is causing all kinds of problems, Girls Aloud announced split, and would you buy Molly Ringwald’s album? It’s The Dredge EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #CYPRUS: Banks in Cyprus remain closed today as political leaders scramble to find another bailout plan. President Nicos Anastasiades said a decision must be made today and is expected to vote on a ‘Plan B’ later. Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance Michalis Sarris remains in Moscow as he continues to explore the possibility of Russian participation in any bailout.2. #EXEMPTIONS: Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has revealed the properties that will be exempt from paying the Local Property Tax. To see if your house is one of the 5,000 exempt, check the Department of the Environment website and your relevant local authority.3. #WEATHER: Two weather warnings have been issued by Met Éireann. The first is in place for Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, with snow and ice expected until Sunday. Munster, Connacht and Leinster can also expect heavy rain over the next two days, which may lead to spot flooding in parts.4. JOBSWATCH: Yahoo! is to expand its Dublin operations with the addition of 200 positions, while McAfee will establish a global R&D centre of excellence in Cork, creating up to 60 jobs. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will announce the 260 new jobs during his US engagements later today.5. #GARDA INJURED: A garda sustained a hand injury last night following an incident at Cork Marts in Corrin, Fermoy. A man in his 60s was arrested following the incident and remains in custody.6. #COURT: A man in his mid-30s is to appear in court this morning charged in relation to the recovery of a firearm in Tallaght on Tuesday. The weapon had been discarded from the vehicle he was driving.7. #GILLARD: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has apologised to the thousands of mothers who were forced by the government to give up their babies for adoption over several decades. Meanwhile, Gillard kept her position as PM earlier after she threw her job open to a leadership ballot but no one was willing to run against her.8. #LUFTHANSA: Ground staff at Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, are staging a strike causing hundreds of flights to be cancelled at several airports including Frankfurt and Munich. The walkouts are to expected to continue until late morning.9. #GET GRAINNE HOME: The people of Dalkey in south Dublin have pulled together to support their neighbour Grainne Nelligan whose home and business were both destroyed in a fire three months ago. Nelligan, who is in poor health, had no insurance so friends and customers helped raise the money to get her back into her home.
I have a bone to pick with you. All of you. There is a serious problem with the way we have been collectively thinking about this whole technology thing. I first noticed it with tablets, and then Chrome OS and layer systems like JoliCloud. I’ve had enough. We are accidentally destroying something so important that, if left unchecked, could have disastrous side effects. I think we might be destroying the very basis of innovation, exploration, and technological creativity.Let’s turn the clocks back 18 or 19 years ago. Internet was not really a household word. Computers were not the need they are today. Everything was difficult and you had to really know your way around the microprocessor to get anything of substance done. I was 7, and for my birthday I was given my first PC. It was a fantastic Windows 3.1 computer, and I spent every waking moment learning everything there was to learn about this thing. At school I would stay after and copy games from the school computer so I could carefully read each line of code at home. I absorbed everything I could, it was a really fantastic experience. I knew everything there was to know about my device.My Uncle, the one who built the computer, took it once to update Windows, and when it came back I noticed that there were CD-Rom drivers that were not there before. I ruined the surprise that was my own Christmas present that year when I got my first CD-Rom drive and more RAM. It was the combination of my desire to absorb information, and the ability to push buttons and explore this strange device that helped me become the gadget-loving geek I am today. I would be surprised if each of Geek.com’s readers did not have some kind of similar tale to tell. We’ve loved technology and been fluent in her language since we were kids.As I grew up, I realized that there was a kind of politics to technology. My college professors referred to it as “Enhancing the state of the market, not the state of the art”, a phrase that has stuck with me for a long time. It was all that time spent enhancing the state of the market that lead Microsoft down the slippery slope we see it in now, and many accuse Apple of doing the same in aspects of their business as well. Even Google recently has come under fire with the underwhelming specs on the Nexus S, after such a paradigm shifting release that we saw with the Nexus One.It’s dangerous to see companies reach a point where they no longer have to innovate to remain on top, they can just keep releasing minor upgrades and be met with fanfare. It’s a terrible thing to witness, but that’s not necessarily what I believe will destroy our sense of innovation. At least, it won’t be the significant first step.The problem, as I see it, lies with the increasing popularity of seeing incomplete operating systems sit in the hands of users who would then use them in replacement of computers with more traditional operating systems. When I see articles like “Can My iPad Replace My Computer” I cringe. When I see phrases like the “Post-PC” age, I am enraged at the possibility. Mobile operating systems are great in tiny handheld computers, and might be good enough for many in tablets as well, but these operating systems are incomplete. Dangerously so, in fact. The same can be said for Chrome OS and Jolicloud. They are all symptoms to a much larger, much more dangerous problem.Devices, like the iPad, the Cr-48 Chrome OS computer, the JoliBook, or an Android device are designed to be both inexpensive and extremely simple to use and maintain in comparison to computers. Sure, they are simple, and eventually they will become cheaper than netbooks. The sub $300 Chrome OS notebook or the refurbished $350 iPad are ideal candidates to be purchased by anyone who has ever needed to get a computer, but was not real “tech savvy”. Sure they might buy it for themselves, at which point they are already just users and fit into the system just fine. The problem comes in when these machines are bought for their children.Give a child an iPad and a keyboard and they can learn, play games, and do anything else they are told they are allowed to do. Hand a child a CR-48 and they can surf the web and do almost anything they could want to do in terms of becoming a web user. That’s what these devices create, users. Users are important, obviously. What happens, however, when that child is raised as a user, and never exposed to the possibility that they could create something. You can’t really develop apps on an iPad, you can’t really make websites on a CR-48. These tiny sponges who should be given a box and told to explore and learn are being given slabs of greatness and being told to use.What’s the big deal, right? The schools will teach those that are interested after all. Though, it’s hard to know whether or not you are interested when you don’t have any understanding of what is going on under the hood. I know absolutely nothing about cars as an adult because I never had anyone take me out to the garage as a kid and show me how cool it is. As we become a society of users, the developing and creating and innovating people of the world will become a dying race. Eventually, with a startling lack of new ideas, the companies that make these products will do the only thing that they can, enhancing the state of the market.In my mind, it’s not a future I want to see. It starts with eliminating the incomplete mobile ecosystem. We have dual-core tablets and lots of RAM now, let’s demand that they get proper browsers with Flash and Silverlight and Java and everything else. Let the iPad version of Safari actually be Safari. Let the Chrome in ChromeOS or the browser in Android fully work like Chrome. And let’s not stop there either, let’s get real file-systems with native Samba support. Let’s get child-friendly developer apps populating the market.Let’s empower ourselves to enhance the state of the art, so we can avoid a world where we are left with no choice but to enhance the state of the market.
Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 12:45 PM By TheJournal.ie Team Poll Results: I don’t have or want a pet (1357) Try not to, but they sneak in (3189) http://jrnl.ie/3455976 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Anna Luopa Image: Shutterstock/Anna Luopa Poll: Should a pet sleep in your bed with you? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Yes, regularly (4690) CAT DNA FOUND during an archaeological dig in Egypt has revealed more about the ancient Egyptians’ love affair with their moggies.Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats – which looked pretty much like the pet cats of today except that they were likely to have stripes on their fur, not spotted patches. (That only came in the Middle Ages.)Some 10,000 years later, the cat and the dog are particularly popular house pets. But do you go so far as to leave a household pet sleep in or on your bed? Yes, regularlyTry not to, but they sneak inNo, neverI don’t have or want a petVote 50 Comments 32,772 Views Jun 22nd 2017, 12:45 PM Short URL No, never (8472) Share7 Tweet Email6
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last week members and supporters of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee gathered at the grave of Nurse Clarice Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence at St Kilda Cemetery for their annual tribute to their service on Lemnos in 1915.Members of the committee were joined by Glen Chapman from the Daley-Lawrence family. Also present was Stelios Lakis Kayalicos of the Lemnian Community of Victoria.Mr Chapman laid the floral tribute on behalf of the assembly and made a short address. He spoke of Clarice and Ernest, their continuing legacy for their families and his appreciation of the commemorative committee’s work in recognising both the role of Lemnos and in holding this annual tribute.Lee Tarlamis, committee president also delivered a short address. He noted the service of Clarice and Ernest, particularly their time on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign and their marriage on the island. Their service was cited as symbolising the experience of the tens of thousands of Anzac and other Allied soldiers, nurses and other personnel on Lemnos – whether as a place where they prepared for battle, where they returned for rest or care in the field hospitals established there, and as the place to which they were evacuated following the end of the campaign. They also highlight the thousands of personal stories connecting Australian descendants of diggers and nurses – including Lee’s family – to Lemnos. The marriage of Clarice and Ernest also symbolised the positive experience of Lemnos for many soldiers and nurses, as they traversed the island welcomed by the hospitable islanders to whom the Allies provided much needed medical care. Mr Tarlamis said that the committee believe that it is important that we take the opportunity to honour the service of Clarice and Ernest and their unique Lemnos story. “We hope that our tribute will stimulate greater recognition of the role of Lemnos. And given that their graves reside in the the City of Port Phillip – the location of Australia’s first Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial – we hope to spark greater interest and awareness by the City and the Cemetery Trust,” he said.The tribute followed the annual Albert Jacka Memorial Service held at his grave in the same cemetery. Mr Tarlamis laid a wreath at Albert Jacka’s grave as part of this annual service on behalf of the committee.
Clark County greeted the 1979 total eclipse with a shrug.Today’s Great American Eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States since Feb. 26, 1979. Although Clark County is just north of the path of totality, today’s 99-percent partial eclipse figures to provide a much better spectacle than the total event 38 1/2 years ago.The morning of Feb. 26, 1979, was overcast. Even though it got dark, the effect was not dramatic. As The Columbian reported: “It was more as if nature had used a dimmer switch.”The streetlights winked on, motorists on Interstate 5 flicked on their headlights … and that was about as close to a dazzling spectacle as we got.No gradual covering of the sun, as the moon slowly teased its way past the solar disc; it all happened behind a curtain of clouds.And the flaming solar corona that’s only visible when the moon completely covers the sun? We didn’t see it.A member of our coverage team followed the action at the Fred Meyer store in Hazel Dell and reported that “a few employees emerged during totality — the 134.4 seconds during which the sun was completely blocked from vision by the moon. They peered at the shrouded sky. When they couldn’t see anything except darkness, they shrugged their shoulders and went back inside.”
Vancouver is one of three school organizations in the state to receive a $140,000 grant to help students stay in high school.Vancouver Public Schools, the Granite Falls School District and Educational Service District 113 are getting the two-year “Building Bridges” grants, the state’s office of public instruction announced Tuesday.Each grant winner will get $50,000 for the first year and $90,000 for the second to build a dropout warning and intervention system.The money also will fund specialists who will provide at-risk students with the academic and social support they need to graduate.Karla Schlosser, Vancouver’s administrator for special services, said the district will hold off on hiring until January, just in case the Washington Legislature’s special session undercuts the “Building Bridges” program.If things go according to plan, Schlosser said, Vancouver will hire one specialist to split time between Columbia River and Skyview high schools. That staff member will be known as an “educational advocate.”The advocate, Schlosser said, “will work with kids to provide options when they are not being successful.“What are the barriers to their being successful in school? That person will be trained in programs in the district and in the county, and will offer other resources. Sometimes, the barriers are not related to education,” Schlosser said.The “Building Bridges” project is just one element in the effort to boost the district high school graduation rate, said Mike Stromme, associate superintendent.
Citation: Islands on Titan may actually be bubble streams (2017, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-islands-titan-streams.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in France and Mexico has developed computer models that simulate conditions on Saturn’s largest moon Titan showing that some of the islands on the planet’s surface may be made of bubble streams. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the team describes how they built their model and explain how bubble streams could form on the surface of Titan. More information: Daniel Cordier et al. Bubble streams in Titan’s seas as a product of liquid N2 + CH4 + C2H6 cryogenic mixture, Nature Astronomy (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0102AbstractTitan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only extraterrestrial body known to support stable liquid on its surface, in the form of seas and lakes that dot the polar regions. Many indications suggest that the liquid should be composed of a mixture of nitrogen, methane and ethane. Recent observations by Cassini’s Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) instrument of Titan’s large sea, called Ligeia Mare, have shown unexplained and ephemeral bright features, possibly due to rising bubbles. Here we report that our numerical model, when combined with experimental data found in the literature, shows that Ligeia Mare’s bed is a favourable place for nitrogen exsolution. This process could produce centimetre-sized and RADAR-detectable bubbles. Journal information: Nature Astronomy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. It has been noted that if the bubble theory is correct, it would mean having to design a subsurface vehicle to deal with them if such a probe were ever sent to Titan. Explore further True-color image of layers of haze in Titan’s atmosphere. Credit: NASA Experiments show Titan lakes may fizz with nitrogen Radar images from Cassini showed a strange island-like feature in one of Titan’s hydrocarbon seas that appeared to change over time (series of images at left). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell © 2017 Phys.org Prior research has suggested that the seas that exist on Titan are likely made of methane at or near the surface and ethane at greater depth and that the moon’s atmosphere is likely mostly nitrogen. Also, prior research that involved studying images sent back by the Cassini space probe showed islands in some of the moon’s seas appearing and disappearing over time. Study of such islands showed that they were not due to changes in sea levels, which led some to theorize that they were maybe nothing more than areas where bubbles were bursting as they percolated up from below. In this new effort, the researchers built computer models to find out if bubbles really could be the cause of the mysterious islands.To create their computer models, the researchers input data regarding Titan’s makeup and also used data supplied by oil and gas companies that describe the way underground fluids behave under great pressure here on Earth.The researchers report that their models showed that the islands could, indeed, be bubble streams, and offer an explanation of how it could happen. They suggest factors on Titan such as tides, wind or even changes in atmospheric temperatures could cause nitrogen from the atmosphere to mix with methane from the surface, which would then be pushed down into pools of ethane—the difference in pressure at varying depths would force the components to separate, causing the formation of nitrogen gas bubbles, which would naturally rise back up to the surface. They note also that such bubbles would be very reflective, which would explain why they would be picked up by Cassini’s sensors.
The lights were out in the house of Bob Dylan. MacDougal Street was finally empty. Rows of bulging trash lined the curb. The New York Sanitation Department was late, again. Seeing his chance, Alan Jules Weberman scurried over to the cans in front of Bob Dylan’s house. Rummaging through the refuse, he found a lumpy item wrapped in a wad of newspaper. It was dog poop. Cursing Dylan for not housebreaking his dog, Weberman, wiped his hand with the paper, threw the trash bags over his shoulder and started walking. He needed a more private place to complete his “mission.”MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village. Photo by GK tramrunner229 CC BY SA 3.0Alan J. Weberman wasn’t just another starstruck Bob Dylan fan. He wasn’t pawing through the rock star’s garbage looking for memorabilia to sell at his local pawn shop. In Weberman’s mind, he was the sole harbinger of a secret “message” which he believed to be hidden in the words and the melodies of Bob Dylan’s music.According to a story from Rolling Stone Magazine, Weberman was a Jewish community college dropout from Brooklyn who considered himself to be a revolutionary communist.A. J. Weberman popularized the terms “garbology” and “Dylanology.”One night, during an acid trip, he confessed his theory about Dylan’s music to a female friend:“I read somewhere that Dylan is down on the left. In this verse, it sure sounds to me like what he’s really doing is putting down the left. The ‘golden calf,’ see, its materialism — dialectical materialism.” Rolling Stone reported.Dylan with Joan Baez during the civil rights “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”, August 28, 1963This wasn’t just the acid talking. Weberman had made it his life’s work to scrutinize every word and melody Bob Dylan ever published. He even turned his loft into what he called the “The Dylan Archives.”Inside were endless boxes of rare recordings, hundreds of pictures, newspaper clippings, torn out magazine and book pages of every article published on Dylan, song sheets, and gossip letters from friends who knew the artist.He scribbled every word of Dylan’s poetry and song lyrics on key punched cards and arranged them in alphabetical order in his apartment. He even had bootleg copies of an obscure Dylan novel, Tarantula. He used all of these to search for hidden messages and even covert languages in Bob Dylan’s music.Portrait of Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, 1975. Photo by Elsa Dorfman CC BY-SA 3.0For example, in Weberman’s mind “rain,” such as in Dylan’s song, “A hard rain’s gonna fall,” was code for “violence.” He went as far as matching the music frequency and the context that these “codes” appeared, crafting a complete theory about hidden messages weaved into Bob Dylan’s music.He called it a “Secret Language of Rock,” and eventually quit his job, dropped out of college and started working full time on a book. The ex-dope dealer was preparing to crown himself as the world’s first “Dylanologist.”This was Alan Jules Weberman’s life. He would spend his days selling copies of this book on the street corners of Greenwich Village, and combing through Dylan’s garbage for clues to prove his theories.Scores of awkwardly concocted ideas and speculations filled every work that Weberman unabashedly published in the local paper East Village Other and would soon be a part of his book. Weberman wasn’t shy about how he got a hold of the “clues” he was searching for.Dylan performing in the Feyenoord Football Club Stadium, Rotterdam, June 23, 1978. Photo by Chris Hakkens CC BY-SA 2.0On one occasion, he came knocking on the door of the Dylan household and forced his way in when Ann Dylan answered the door. On another occasion, Dylan’s private secretary, Naomi Salzman, caught Weberman combing through the rock stars trash. “What are you doing going through his garbage?” she asked. “Don’t you have anything else to do with your time?”“No, no,” he answers defensively, “it’s a really good thing. There’s going to be an article about it in the East Village Other.” After hearing Weberman ramble on about his wacky theories, Naomi finally challenged him on his ability to read into Dylan’s music saying “you’re not God.”The infamous 1965 Bob Dylan Press Conference, produced (with Ralph J. Gleason) and directed by Zagon. Photo by Robert N. Zagone CC BY-SA 4.0“I think Mr. Dylan is a heroin addict!” Weberman answered, “It’s there in his poetry. It’s clear as day. Anyone who’s hip to Dylanology — the Dylanological Method . . . the Secret Language of Rock — can observe it.”Weberman’s “Secret Language of Rock” theory considered the word “morning” and the word “nighttime” to be Dylan’s codes for “heroin.” Apparently, Bob Dylan read Weberman’s work in the East Village Other, because he remarked on it during an interview.“He’s way off. I saw something he wrote about ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ and boy, let me tell you this boy is off. I understand putting time into it, but I read this, in this East Village Other: I read it . . . and it was clever. And I got a kick out of reading it on some level, but I don’t want to think anybody was taking it too seriously.”Bob Dylan in 1966.Finally, Weberman ran into Dylan himself during one of his stalking sessions. Dylan must have had the patience of a saint because he walked and talked with his eccentric stalker for nearly two hours before finally confronting him.“You know,” Dylan said, “a lot of people have been asking me about your theories. They’re going around saying you’re telling people I’m a junkie.”“Well . . . man . . . are you?”Bob Dylan stripped off his jacket, pulled up his sleeves pointed to his arm and said: “Clean. No track marks.” Weberman considered the response for a moment but was too immersed in his own fantasy to walk it back.Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz (Spain), at the Azkena Rock Festival. Photo by Alberto Cabello CC BY 2.0“You’re a junkie. You can show me what you want. But it’s there. It’s there in your music. You sing the praises of heroin. You can’t convince me any different!”In spite of having dedicated his life to searching out evidence, Weberman wasn’t interested in the evidence that came from meeting Dylan himself.Read another story from us: Alternative Ink: What did Kurt Cobain’s Single Tattoo Mean?Maybe Weberman was an eccentric genius with keen insight into the life and the work of Bob Dylan. Or, maybe he’s just another example that the old saying is true: “Garbage in, garbage out.”
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Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 24, 2017 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. At the dawn of the Internet, could anyone have expected trolling and cyberbullying — and that a future POTUS would engage with the nation 140 characters at the time? It can be difficult to anticipate the downsides of revolutionary new technologies.Among the potential drawbacks of autonomous vehicles — including massive job losses among commercial drivers and possibly even more traffic from robo-taxis — is what’s known as the “trolley problem.” This refers to ethical decisions a self-driving car will have to make when confronted with no-win situations, such as whether to run over an individual who darts into its path on a narrow crowded city street or swerve to either side and plow into pedestrians on the sidewalk.Even though California Polytechnic State University philosophy professor Patrick Lin has been conducting real-world tests on this dilemma in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, he acknowledges that “something feels dishonest about the moral panic over self-driving cars” and the trolley problem since the scenario is so far-fetched. But as Lin points out, unlike other technologies, the testing of autonomous vehicle on public road could have an immediate negative impact on society.It gets complicatedLin contends that while technology developers typically beta-test new products and features with few restrictions and laws, “it gets complicated when their software interacts directly with the larger physical world” — in this case when controlling a multi-ton machine in public. Lin contends that in the case of autonomous vehicle testing on public roads, “the products don’t just directly affect users alone, as is the case with most other gadgets and services.”As an example, Lin points to the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. It’s “giving rise to complaints about ‘flocking’ behavior: swarms of cars sent by its algorithms through quiet neighborhoods not designed for heavy traffic,” he says.This “could increase risk to children playing on these streets, lower property values if road noise is louder and create other externalities. This means navigation apps are making risk-decisions that users might be unaware of but arguably should be.”Self-driving cars similarly “will need to autonomously select their routes … and there’s often not just one correct way to go,” Lin adds. But he believes that the larger problem is determining who will be held accountable for the negative impact on traffic or public safety that navigation apps such as Waze cause — and by extension self-driving cars testing on public roads.”It’s a tragedy of the commons: No one is in the driver seat on how navigation algorithms should be harmonized with society,” he says. “So if there is a negative impact on traffic or public safety, it’s hard to pin down responsibility for these effects.”The question of who will be responsible in a self-driving car crash — the automaker, software developer, sensor or map maker — is one of the issues holding back the technology’s widespread adoption, although solutions are being developed. Given that self-driving car tests are already being conducted on public roads, Lin believes what he calls “human-subject research” should perhaps obtain prior clearance by an ethics board.Cities have begun responding by designating roads as “no thru traffic” zones accessible only to residents and requiring Waze to designate them as off-limits to passing motorists. Some angry and enterprising residents are even going rogue and hacking nav apps like Waze with phantom wrecks, to divert traffic away from their neighborhoods.Lin stresses that his purpose isn’t to create “an argument against technology, but only to seriously reflect on its growing power and implications, as test-cases move through the courts of law and public opinion” — and as more self-driving cars take to public roads. This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now »
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies They were named Wednesday in a U.S. indictment alleging they bribed soccer officials for rights to international tournaments. Argentine prosecutors later charged the three men with tax fraud, racketeering and money laundering.The United States has requested their extradition.A lawyer for the Jinkis, Jorge Anzorreguy, says both men are still in Argentina. Burzaco’s whereabouts are unknown.___11:42 p.m. (2142 GMT; 5:42 p.m. EDT)Former FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo slammed Sepp Blatter’s leadership again after his re-election on Friday and said the Swiss official “can’t remain in charge of world football.”Figo dropped out of the race this month, denouncing FIFA as a dictatorship. After this week’s arrests of senior FIFA officials, Figo said “football is not guilty but is the governing body’s leaders, who should regulate it, that have no integrity or honesty.”The former Portugal great says “Mr. Blatter knew and was aware of the acts of corruption, influence and racketeering or, if he did not know – as he says – it’s because he has no skills to lead FIFA. There is no other way to analyze the problem.” Figo says “today was another dark day in Zurich. FIFA has lost, but above everything, football has lost and everyone who truly cares about it has lost too.”___9:58 p.m. (1958 GMT; 3:58 EDT)A sports marketing executive from Florida has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges stemming from the FIFA corruption scandal.Aaron Davidson entered the plea through his lawyer on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. He’s the first defendant to be arraigned in a U.S. court since the case was announced earlier this week.Davidson was among 14 people named in racketeering indictment accusing soccer officials of accepting more than $150 million in bribes. Prosecutors say they took the cash in exchange for rigging marketing contracts and the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup.Davidson is president of a Miami-based Traffic Sports USA Inc.___8:49 p.m. (1849 GMT; 2:49 p.m. EDT)Several South American nations joined European countries in voting for Jordan’s Prince Ali in the FIFA election against Sepp Blatter.Rodolfo D’Onofrio, vice president of the Argentine Football Association, told Argentine media that CONMEBOL members met Friday morning and decided to vote for Prince Ali. He said he doesn’t know if all members went through with it, but that Argentina voted for the challenger. Blatter won a fifth term after Prince Ali conceded before a second round of voting.“In Argentina we clearly thought that we needed a change and we voted for a change. I think CONMEBOL too, that was the previous agreements. I don’t know what happened in the booth.”___8:20 p.m. (1820 GMT; 2:20 p.m. EDT)Michel Platini, the president of the European soccer body UEFA, has issued a defiant statement after Sepp Blatter beat Europe’s preferred candidate to capture a fifth term at the helm of FIFA.Platini says “I am proud that UEFA has defended and supported a movement for change at FIFA. Change which in my opinion is crucial if this organization is to regain its credibility.”Most European delegates had backed Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan to be FIFA’s next president. Prince Ali withdrew from the race Friday after forcing the balloting in Zurich to go to a second round. Blatter became the winner after capturing 133 of the 206 valid votes cast.Platini said “I congratulate my friend Prince Ali for his admirable campaign” and thanked all the national soccer associations who supported the 39-year-old challenger. Blatter admitted “I am not perfect, no one is perfect” but promised to hand over FIFA in better shape to a successor four years from now.“Together we go! Let’s go FIFA!” he exhorted.___7:15 p.m. (1715 GMT; 1:15 p.m. EDT)Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has withdrawn from FIFA’s presidential race, leaving incumbent Sepp Blatter to capture a fifth term in office.The prince from Jordan pulled out only minutes after Blatter captured 133 of the 206 valid votes cast in a secret paper ballot in the first round of voting. Ali had won 73.Since neither man had won 140 votes, the voting had been primed to go into a second round.___6:57 p.m. (1657 GMT; 12:57 p.m. EDT)There will be a second round of voting in FIFA’s presidential race.At the FIFA congress in Zurich on Friday, President Sepp Blatter captured 133 of the 206 valid votes cast in a secret paper ballot. His lone challenger, 39-year-old Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, won 73 votes.Since neither captured two-thirds of the vote, there will be a second round of voting Friday in which the winning candidate must get a simple majority of the votes.The voting result is considered a rebuke to Blatter, who has led FIFA for 17 years. The world soccer body has faced a storm of criticism this week after U.S. officials charged 14 people linked to FIFA with corruption. “Prince Ali ran a strong campaign and the manner in which it was conducted has done Jordan proud,” said HRH Prince Feisal al-Hussein, his older brother.Prince Ali won 73 votes to incumbent Sepp Blatter’s 133 votes, but neither won the 140 needed Friday to capture the first round of voting in Zurich. The prince then withdrew before the second round, handing the victory to Blatter and allowing weary FIFA delegates to get to dinner.The prince gave a stirring speech before the voting began, saying FIFA in the future must create “a culture that empowers transparency, inclusivity and accountability.”“I give you my word I will honor the game,” he declared.___7:30 p.m. (1730 GMT; 1:30 p.m. EDT)Sepp Blatter has won a 5th term as FIFA president after his lone challenger forced the balloting to go a second round and then graciously pulled out.Speaking to FIFA delegates in Zurich on Friday, the 79-year-old Blatter promised “we will bring back FIFA. We will do it!”There were weak claps and even some boos in Zurich’s Hallenstadion when Blatter was announced as winner. FIFA has been rocked by serious corruption allegations this week by U.S. and Swiss judicial officials, which they said go back decades. Blatter has led FIFA for 17 years. Blatter on Friday acknowledged a tumultuous week — one in which 14 FIFA officials were indicted for corruption by U.S. authorities and seven of them arrested in Zurich. In addition, Swiss authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.Blatter says these events “have unleashed a true storm.” Still he says “I am appealing for team spirit and unity so we can move forward together.”___11:50 a.m. (0950 GMT; 5:50 a.m. EDT)A small group of protesters are demonstrating in Zurich outside the FIFA Congress hall, chastising FIFA for not doing more to prevent the abuse of migrant workers as Qatar builds infrastructure to host the 2022 World Cup.Signs reading “fans against apartheid” were put up by fans of Premier League champion Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, among others.Sharan Burrow, the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, says FIFA President Sepp Blatter should resign amid all the corruption charges and Swiss authorities should place FIFA under judicial supervision.But she also said in a statement this week that despite the FIFA corruption charges “the world also mustn’t forget that migrant workers in Qatar are still being worked to death … FIFA has failed to make labor rights a condition of Qatar hosting the World Cup and impoverished workers there are paying the price.” Sponsored Stories The election comes only two days after U.S. officials charged 14 people — including nine senior FIFA officials — with corrupting world soccer for decades in a $150 million scheme to line their pockets. Blatter was not among those charged but has promised to clean up “the storm.”He is strongly favored to win. In 2011, when Blatter was the only candidate, he got 186 of the 203 valid votes cast.___5:05 p.m. (1505 GMT; 11:05 a.m. EDT)Voting has begun to choose FIFA’s next president.Delegates from the world soccer body’s 209 members were handing over secret paper ballots in alphabetical order at the FIFA congress Friday in Zurich. Afghanistan kicked off the voting.They can give the incumbent, 79-year-old Sepp Blatter, a fifth, four-year term in office or pick his 39-year-old challenger, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.A second round of voting will take place immediately if neither gets two-thirds of the votes cast.___5:00 p.m. (1500 GMT; 11 a.m. EDT)Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan has told FIFA delegates in Zurich that “it will take a committed leader to fix this mess we are in.”He spoke Friday to the congress before voting began to choose FIFA’s next president. The Palestinian soccer federation has withdrawn its motion asking FIFA’s congress to suspend the Israeli soccer association from FIFA and world soccer.Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian soccer body, said he decided upon that after many of FIFA’s 209 members urged unity over discord.The Palestinians say Israel restricts the movement of players in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel has cited security concerns, especially regarding movement in and out of Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.Israel said it was delighted at the move and would work together with the Palestinians in the best interests of world soccer.__2:55 p.m. (1255 GMT; 8:55 a.m. EDT)Ahead of a FIFA debate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly defended his nation.On FIFA’s agenda Friday in Zurich is a proposal by the Palestinian soccer federation to suspend the Israeli soccer federation from FIFA and world soccer. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he does not support the request.Netanyahu says on his Facebook page that the dispute “stems from their very objection to our existence.”The Israeli leader says “if FIFA harms Israel, it will be harming itself. Other countries, too, will use FIFA to settle scores with their adversaries, and instead of the spirit of international sport that is supposed to transcend politics, we will get the destruction of soccer.” Top Stories ___2:30 p.m. (1230 GMT; 8:30 a.m. EDT)British Prime Minister David Cameron says FIFA president Sepp Blatter must resign and “the sooner that happens the better.”Asked about the FIFA scandals at a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Cameron said it was “unthinkable” that Blatter was the right person to take the world soccer body forward after this week’s corruption accusations.Cameron added: “Frankly, what we have seen is the ugly side of the beautiful game.”Merkel called for FIFA to make a clean break with corruption but stopped short of saying that Blatter should resign.___2:10 p.m. (1210 GMT; 8:10 a.m. EDT)Qatar is defending its integrity in its first statement since Swiss police on Wednesday opened a criminal investigation into FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar.Qatar’s World Cup committee says “our aim through hosting the FIFA World Cup is to utilize the positive power of sport to unify people” and to show the region’s passion for soccer.The statement said Qatar has “fully complied with every investigation that has been initiated concerning the 2018/2022 bidding process and will continue to do so.” It added “we conducted our bid with integrity.” Qatar, which is building a huge amount of infrastructure to host the World Cup, has been strongly criticized by worker’s groups for its poor treatment of foreign workers.___1:45 p.m. (1145 GMT; 7:45 a.m. EDT)Swiss police say a bomb threat has been made against the venue where the FIFA congress is being held.An AP reporter at the scene says the Hallenstadion’s concert hall auditorium was cleared but the building itself was not evacuated.The meeting then resumed after lunch.___1:25 p.m. (1125GMT; 7:25 a.m. EDT)Britain’s Serious Fraud Office says it is assessing “material in its possession” relating to allegations of FIFA corruption.It said Friday it stands ready to “assist ongoing international criminal investigations” related to FIFA corruption. On Wednesday, U.S. officials indicted 14 people in a FIFA corruption probe that arrested seven FIFA officials in Zurich.The Serious Fraud Office would not comment on the material it is holding. Several British-based international banks, however, are mentioned in the U.S. indictment of FIFA officials.___12:30 p.m. (1030 GMT; 6:30 a.m. EDT)FIFA President Sepp Blatter is calling for unity among FIFA’s 209 members as the world soccer body holds its annual Congress in Zurich and prepares to elect a leader for the next four years. ___09:10 a.m. (0710 GMT; 3.10 a.m. EDT)FIFA President Sepp Blatter seemed to be ahead in a small straw poll of soccer officials arriving for the FIFA congress.Most delegates seemed to be loyal to Blatter, the FIFA president of 17 years, despite the latest slew of corruption allegations rocking the sport. Delegates from Curacao, Belize and Malawi said they were supporting Blatter.Blatter’s opponent, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, has promised a fresh start for FIFA and can expect strong support from Europe. Still, he must pick up votes from the Caribbean and Africa to post a serious challenge.Prince Ali’s supporters hoped to gain momentum in the fallout from the U.S. and Swiss federal probes of soccer corruption which were unleashed in Zurich on Wednesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The 39-year-old prince is running against incumbent Sepp Blatter, who is seeking a fifth, four-year term at the helm of the world’s soccer body, which has been hit by U.S. corruption allegations this week.Prince Ali said “I know FIFA is not just about one man.” He promised to “fight racism and discrimination in all their forms and uphold human rights” as he turned FIFA into a more democratic, transparent and open organization.He says FIFA “is hungering for the world’s respect.”___4:10 p.m. (1410 GMT; 10:10 a.m. EDT)It took several awkward minutes, but finally there was a handshake between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer chiefs at FIFA’s congress in Zurich.Applause broke out after the handshake Friday between Jibril Rajoub and Ofer Eini, the respective soccer association presidents of the Palestinians and Israel.Eini made the offer after Rajoub withdrew a motion to ask FIFA to suspend Israel from world soccer and both sides pledged to work together. But Eini had to wait for several minutes while FIFA debated voting procedure, before walking over to Rajoub’s seat to get the handshake done.___3:45 p.m. (1345 GMT; 9:45 a.m. EDT) ZURICH (AP) — The latest on FIFA developments:12:04 a.m. (2204 GMT; 6:04 p.m. EDT)Argentine federal police and Interpol agents have raided the businesses run by three Argentines who are fugitives after being charged in the FIFA scandal.Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio ordered the raids on the sports marketing firm Tournaments and Competitions SA and on the sports media business Full Play Group SA.Authorities are seeking Alejandro Burzaco, president of Tournaments and Competitions, and Mariano and Hugo Jinkis, owners of Full Play. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ___10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT; 4:30 a.m. EDT)Germany’s Justice Minister has been quoted as saying that FIFA’s decision to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar can’t stand if it turns out that votes were bought.Swiss authorities announced this week that they have opened a criminal probe into alleged wrongdoing by soccer officials during the 2010 vote on who should host those two World Cups.Justice Minister Heiko Maas told the German daily Bild “the awarding of a World Cup shouldn’t depend on who pays the highest bribes.”Maas also said FIFA President Sepp Blatter is the wrong man to investigate alleged graft inside his own organization, saying that FIFA needs “a fresh start.”___09:56 a.m. (0756 GMT; 3:56 a.m. EDT)A pro-Palestinian activist briefly disrupted the FIFA congress after President Sepp Blatter’s opening address.An activist held up a red card and shouted “Red card to racism!” to draw attention to a campaign that aims to stop Palestinian players from being detained by Israeli security forces. Blatter called for security to remove the demonstrator.Item 15 on the FIFA agenda is a proposal by the Palestinian soccer federation to suspend the Israeli soccer federation from FIFA and world soccer. Blatter has said he does not support the request. Israel says the Palestinians are trying to politicize soccer. Platini on Thursday had urged Blatter, 79, to resign because of the wide corruption allegations hitting the world soccer body this week.___8 p.m. (1800 GMT; 2 p.m. EDT)Victorious FIFA President Sepp Blatter has warned European soccer that it faces losing influence on his executive committee.After defeating challenger Prince Al bin al-Hussein on Friday, Blatter said FIFA “must have a better representation of the confederations and the number of members” on its executive panel. The prince had been backed by most members of UEFA, the European soccer body.UEFA has eight of the 25 voting seats on FIFA’s executive committee, a legacy of its position as the most influential region in world soccer. It has also three of FIFA’s eight vice presidencies.UEFA President Michel Platini sat still and did not applaud after Blatter’s acceptance speech on Friday. Blatter had rejected Platini’s demand to resign when the former allies had a private meeting on Thursday.___7:50 p.m. (1750 GMT; 1:50 p.m. EDT)Jordan is praising the performance of its soccer chief, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who forced voting in FIFA’s presidential election to go to a second round before withdrawing. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___6:30 p.m. (1630 GMT; 12:30 p.m. EDT)Voting has finished in the first round of balloting to choose FIFA’s next president.Delegates from the world soccer body’s 209 members can give President Sepp Blatter a fifth, four-year term in office or pick his 39-year-old challenger, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.A second round of voting will take place if neither gets two-thirds of the votes cast Friday.The voting comes two days after U.S. officials charged 14 people, including nine FIFA officials, with participating in a vast, decades-long bribery scheme tied to the awarding of soccer tournaments. Swiss officials have also announced a criminal investigation into how FIFA gave the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.___6 p.m. (1600 GMT; 12 noon EDT)Sepp Blatter has told FIFA delegates “I don’t need to introduce myself to you” just minutes before they began to vote in Zurich to pick the next FIFA president.He’s right about that. The 79-year-old Swiss has led the world soccer body for 17 years and is seeking another four years in office. His challenger Friday is 39-year-old Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jordan’s soccer chief. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona
The Islands of Tahiti celebrate 50 years of overwater luxuryThe Islands of Tahiti celebrate 50 years of overwater luxuryTahiti Tourisme is celebrating 50 years of overwater bungalows, the striking over-the-water accommodation that helped put the Islands of Tahiti on the map.In 1967, Tahiti became the first destination in the world to take accommodation into uncharted waters, building suites over its islands’ beautiful blue lagoons in a move that cemented the Society Islands as one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations.The first humble overwater bungalows were built in Raiatea and Moorea by the “Bali Hai Boys” – Americans Don “Muk” McCullum, Jay Carlisle and the late Hugh Kelley – who travelled to the region after being swept away by James Michener’s South Pacific.Fifty years on, there are now nearly 900 overwater bungalows spread across eight of Tahiti’s 118 islands, with the picturesque accommodation becoming as famous as the destination’s dazzling lagoons.Originally built as traditional stilted coral homes, over the past five decades the Islands of Tahiti’s overwater bungalows have evolved into palatial suites boasting private terraces, infinity pools, hammocks, spa baths and in-room glass floors – fondly referred to as Tahiti TV.The iconic Hotel Bora Bora, the first hotel built on Bora Bora, which is set to reopen as an Aman Resort in the coming years, added overwater suites in 1970 and now eleven Bora Bora resorts from the St Regis to the Four Seasons and the Sofitel, all offer the picturesque style of accommodation which has helped to make the island a popular playground for honeymooners and celebrities alike.The first two-storey villas were introduced by the Hilton Bora Bora (now the Conrad) in 2009 and made famous by the Kardashians in 2011, with the Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso currently constructing its own split-level suites which are set to open later this year.Tahiti Tourisme Director Australia New Zealand Robert Thompson said Tahiti’s popularity as a high-end destination can be traced back to the introduction of overwater villas half a century ago.“Nothing compliments Tahiti’s striking natural beauty more than her overwater bungalows. This luxurious style of accommodation blends seamlessly with the islands’ crystal-clear lagoons, laid-back culture and French sophistication. Overwater villas are a huge part of what makes Tahiti so remarkable and why it has been the world’s pre-eminent island destination for five decades,” Mr Thompson said.Indulge in the ultimate overwater experience with a 12-night package offering a stay in overwater bungalows across three islands including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Rangiroa from $7599* per person twin share. The package includes return economy flights from Australia, overwater accommodation at Le Meridien Tahiti, Le Meridien Bora Bora and Kia Ora Resort Rangiroa, and transfers including inter-island flights. The package is available with business class flights from $9999* per person twin share. For more information or to book visit Tahiti Tourisme*Subject to availability, conditions apply. Available for sale until April 30, 2017 and for travel until March 31, 2018.Follow Tahiti Tourisme on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/TahitiTourismAU Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tahititourismau/ and Facebook www.facebook.com/TahitiTourismAU or visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com.auSource = Tahiti Tourisme
TORONTO – When “Black Panther” hit theatres, Toronto tattoo artist D.C Nchama saw an opportunity to fill a void, instil a sense of pride and dispel myths in his craft.Inspired by the film’s Afrofuturism esthetic and African cultural motifs, he designed a series of “Black Panther” tattoos and recently inked one them, of a Dora Milaje-style warrior, on a woman’s inner forearm.He hopes such work will bring a much-needed African cultural identity to the tattoo world, and stamp out the stigma that darker skin tones are difficult to ink.“What I’m hoping is that once the images start getting out there, that there will be more of an incentive and more of an empowering unification thing,” says the Funky Ink Tattoo Gallery artist, whose father is a Zulu, of the Ngoni tribes, from Malawi in Africa.Toronto tattoo artist Thomarya (Tee) Fergus says a growing emergence of “Black Panther” tattoos is part of an awakening when it comes to tattooing darker skin.“In the past two years that I’ve been doing it, I’ve discovered a lot of POCs (people of colour) that are tattooing amazing pieces and colours,” she says, noting social media platforms are helping show what’s possible.“Every day I’m pretty much sending someone to someone’s page on Instagram that I know who does colour work on POCs, just trying to let them know that it exists. It’s been a pretty big stereotype for a long time.”Elisheba Israel Mrozik, artist/owner of One Drop Ink Tattoo in Nashville, has some “Black Panther” pieces on the company Instagram account (@onedropink).She says she’s noticed more African-American clients asking for unique cultural designs.Nchama, Fergus and Mrozik all say they’ve had first-hand experiences with the stigma against tattooing on darker skin.Nchama recalls one artist in a parlour telling him: “I’m a tiny bit racist in the sense that I feel that black skin doesn’t work well for tattooing.’”Fergus says she’s heard it ever since she got into the craft: “I’m always like, ‘That’s a lie.’ I try to be a walking testament to that.”And Mrozik, who was on Season 8 of the U.S. reality series “Ink Master,” says the stigma is what prompted her to get into tattooing in the first place.A native of Memphis, Tenn., many of her black friends had “pretty bad” tattoos, largely because of discrimination.“A lot of times, as soon as you walk in the door, they either ignore you, they’re really rude, or if you give them the idea, they’ll price it as extremely more expensive because they don’t want to do it on you,” says Mrozik, noting many end up going to non-licensed tattoo artists known as “scratchers” who work out of their homes.She didn’t realize it was possible to do painting-style tattoos on darker skin until she saw one online and decided to apply her art degree to the craft.She opened up her own parlour, because she was “dismissed every time” she walked into other shops.“If the industry would open up their doors to letting more African-American artists into the legitimate industry then they wouldn’t be scratching,” Mrozik says.“They could learn more and be able to get better art to us and on our skin.”As the artists tell it, many of their peers think darker skin is too tough to tattoo and doesn’t show contrast and colour.And they fear that pieces on darker skin won’t be good for their portfolio because the tones and contrast won’t show up as well.That can all be worked around by knowledge, they say: of how to properly design the tattoos with the right colour palette, which materials and equipment to use, how to work the machine to get the right strokes, how to apply lines to get the right effect, and how to do visual contrast.“If you can balance out blacks and negative space, you can make a successful composition,” says Nchama.“I just think they had a very limited view of what was possible. So the incentive to make that (tattoo) flash was to break down those barriers while giving some sort of identity to our culture. Any skintone is workable.” Toronto tattoo artist hopes ‘Black Panther’ pieces instil pride, dispel myths by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2018 8:15 am PDT Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tattoo artist D.C Nchama works on Shar Charlatan’s Black Panther tattoo at Funky Inc. Tattoo, in Toronto on Saturday, March 31, 2018. When “Black Panther” hit theatres, Toronto tattoo artist D.C Nchama saw an opportunity to fill a void, instil a sense of pride and dispel myths in his craft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young